February 2022 StreetSmarts Newsletter
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March 8, 2022
Gary London, Senior Principal, London Moeder Advisors
The biggest surprise of the past year is how quickly the economy recovered after a near economic shutdown. Those who predicted a “V” recovery were mostly right. Notwithstanding the continued up and down scourge of the COVID variants, supply chain chokeholds and political uneasiness, 2021 was characterized by a surprisingly strong economic recovery.
From a real estate point of view, it was as if the players were waiting on the sidelines for the field to be cleared. And then BOOM (my ode to the recently departed John Madden), most everyone returned to the game.
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The other story is the rapid adjustment, stemming from a presumed post-COVID environment, in how entrepreneurs intend to respond to the changing marketplace for the built environment. How we work, reside and shop were all up for redefinition throughout the past year, resulting in experimentations on what the new built environment can look like.
Throughout 2021 it felt like people were stumbling over one another to get back to making deals, to tear down something, to build something else. And to do it in a way that is unprecedented in terms of the sheer volume, and type of, activity.
Last year I suggested that the economic recovery begins with the inoculations. That was mostly right, except that the recovery began with the mere prospect of the vaccine being stuck in most of our arms. We never did convince everyone (although in San Diego County the vaccination rate has been significantly higher than in most other places), but enough persons have received the vaccines that the markets reacted as if COVID was over.
It wasn’t’ and it isn’t. But the prospect that there is a path to endemic, or a tolerance to just live with it, was sufficient for most to charge forward. The “end of pandemic” in June was followed by the more serious Delta variant in August and, as of this writing, the presumed less serious but more contagious Omicron variant. In our own particular and disparate ways, we have decided as a society that we are going to cope with it and get back to business as normal. Or at least as ‘normal’ redefined.
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